The Hopkinsville Goblin Incident: Close Encounters of the Unusual Kind?

In the summer of 1955, a family in rural Kentucky claimed to have encountered a group of bizarre creatures that seemed to come from outer space. This event, known as the Hopkinsville Goblin incident, has become one of the most famous and debated UFO sightings in history. Let’s take a closer look at what happened that night and how the Air Force investigated the incident.

The Incident

On August 21, 1955, eleven members of two families gathered at a farmhouse in Christian County, Kentucky. Among them were two brothers, Billy Ray and Elmer Sutton, who had gone outside to fetch water from a well. While they were outside, they claimed to have seen a strange, glowing object in the sky that appeared to be landing nearby.

As they approached the house, the Suttons claimed that they were confronted by a group of small, alien-like creatures that had long arms and large eyes. The creatures had grayish skin, no hair, and pointy ears. The Suttons said they fired at the creatures with their guns, but the bullets had no effect. The creatures supposedly retreated into the darkness, only to reappear later in the night.

The Suttons and their relatives claimed that they saw the creatures several times throughout the night, and that they even entered the house at one point. They said they heard strange noises and saw mysterious lights outside, but the creatures did not harm them. The incident lasted for several hours and was reported to the police the next day.

The Investigation

The Hopkinsville police department contacted the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, a program that investigated reports of UFO sightings and other unusual phenomena. Two Air Force officers, Captain James A. Harder and Lieutenant Jerry Cummings, were dispatched to the scene to conduct an investigation.

During their visit, Harder and Cummings interviewed the witnesses and examined the house and surrounding area for evidence. According to their report, they found no physical evidence of the alleged creatures, such as footprints or bloodstains. They did, however, find evidence of gunshots and damage to the house, consistent with the Suttons’ claims of firing at the creatures.

The officers were unable to provide a conclusive explanation for the incident. They suggested that the witnesses may have misidentified natural phenomena, such as meteors or owls, as the strange creatures. The Air Force report concluded that the incident was likely a hoax or a case of mistaken identity.

On the evening of August 21, 1955, five adults and seven children visited the Hopkinsville, Kentucky, police station with a strange story. Among those twelve were brothers Elmer and John Sutton as well as O.P. Baker, who are pictured.

Controversy and Speculation

Despite the Air Force’s investigation, the Hopkinsville Goblin incident has remained a subject of controversy and speculation. Some UFO researchers and enthusiasts have claimed that the incident was genuine and that the Air Force was involved in a cover-up to downplay the existence of extraterrestrial life. Others have suggested that the witnesses may have been influenced by popular science fiction and horror stories of the time, and that the incident was a hoax or a case of mass hysteria.

In recent years, the Hopkinsville Goblin incident has gained renewed interest from UFO enthusiasts and paranormal investigators. The farmhouse where the incident occurred has become a popular destination for ghost hunters and other curious visitors. The incident has also inspired books, documentaries, and movies, further adding to its cultural significance.


The Hopkinsville Goblin incident remains one of the most intriguing and controversial UFO sightings in history. While the Air Force’s investigation did not provide a conclusive explanation for the incident, it did offer some insight into the possible causes. Whether the incident was a genuine encounter with extraterrestrial beings, a hoax, or a case of mistaken identity remains a matter of debate and speculation. Regardless, the incident has captured the imagination of generations and has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring countless works of art, literature, and media. The Hopkinsville Goblin incident serves as a reminder of our enduring fascination with the unknown and the possibility of life beyond our world. As we continue to search for answers about the mysteries of the universe, perhaps the Hopkinsville Goblin incident will one day be solved, or perhaps it will remain an enigma, forever shrouded in mystery and wonder.

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~David Albaugh

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